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BEST TERRESTRIAL DISTANCE 2018 (ODX): 9960 Km. with HS3LSE in OK14 on 21/07/2018 at 10:54
Pipped Jack OA4TT who is "only" 9957km:-)

A nice new year break in EA8 followed by a couple of weeks building my new 48el 144MHz LFA array. See my Facebook feed for pictures.
31st First 50MHz EME contact of the year with JA7QVI. Ready and waiting for 3Y0Z

1st Time to test my 48el 144MHz array - some issues with RF in az/el position encoders - can't move array on TX or it gets out of sync with controller ( I discovered later!). New EME Initials with R7LP, TA2NC (new DXCC) and DM5TI
3rd 2 new 144MHz Initials K6MYC and ON4KHG
2000 UTC 3 February 2018
During the last 72 hours we continued to experience the high winds, low clouds, fog, and rough seas that have prevented helicopter operations since our arrival at Bouvet. No improvement was predicted in the weather forecast for the next four days. Then, last night an issue developed in one of the ship’s engines. This morning the captain of the vessel declared it unsafe to continue with our project and aborted the expedition. We are now on our long voyage back to Punta Arenas. As you might imagine the team is deeply disappointed, but safe. There is already talk about rescheduling the DXpedition.
Bob – K4UEE
Ralph – K0IR
Erling – LA6VM

On their way home but only making 5MPH. KEEP SAFE GUYS - THERE WILL BE ANOTHER TIME
31 days at sea from Punta Arenas to Capetown via Bouvet but all now safely home.

0930 UTC 3Y0Z - Bouvet Island DXpedition 2018
Our captain has decided that it is in the best interest of safety and expediency to proceed directly to Capetown, South Africa rather than Punta Arenas, Chile. We are currently heading north to avoid the possibility of encountering ice. Currently there is no ice in sight or on radar. In due time we will head easterly toward Capetown.
Our entire team is safe. Most are resting in their bunks and in good spirits. We will keep the amateur radio community and our families informed as we continue our journey.

19th A couple of happy hours on 2m EME today: 17 QSOs for 16 initials and a new DXCC:-) UT9UR, SM5KWU, DF7AP, DF9UX, UA4LCF, DL5OCD, EA5DF, SM5CUI, EA5CJ, EA4CYQ, F6EGD, AA4FF, DL8FBD, F6GRB, R3PA, and PJ2T Curacao DXCC # 54 ON 2m
20th Only QRV for a short time at moonrise on 2m EME today: ES100F, DL8II, M6T, DL9LBH, OH2LHE, OK1IL, S55OO.
21st Quite a day on 2M EME: 32 QSOs for 26 initials and 3 new DXCCs:-) JP3EXR, VK3AXH, RX9AT, YL2GC, PA5MS, GI6ATZ (NEW EME DXCC!), JH7OPT, RX8RX, JH3AZC, PA3CMC, S57M, DK5OX, K5DOG, DK4RC, OH4LA, SM5TSP, GM6JNJ (NEW EME DXCC!), DL1VPL, PY2GN came back to my CQ:-) (NEW EME DXCC!), KC3OL, AH6LE, W0XG, EA1YV, DL6BF, N4HB, PA4VHF, W2DBL, N0AKC, NH6Y, N5TM, KF8MY, K8DIO
22nd Another few hours with the focus on 144MHz EME: 21 QSOs for 15 initials and 3 new EME DXCCs:-) DL4DWA, F6DHI, OE5KT (EME DXCC), DK3XT, GM4VVX, SM2IZO, S56P, ZS1LS, DL8SCQ, OK1TEH, VA3DIF, GW4BVE (EME DXCC), XE2AT (DXCC), WW2DX, K1SCE.
23rd 144MHz MS only: 15 QSOs for 15 initials - IW4AED, ON4AOI, IK2DDR, IK0IXO, IK2OFO, SP1JNY, N5LJC, VE1KG, I2RV, SP8NR, NJ2R, K7MAC, N1RWY, IK1FJJ, KC0V.
24th  144MHz Moonset only: 7 QSOs for 7 initials and 1 new DXCC:-) ON4KHG, EB5EEO, OE3FVU, IK0SMG, UA4AQL, HG60KCI, W7GJ, TD9FYC
25th  144MHz Moonrise: 13 QSOs for 10 initials and 2 new DXCCs:-) RX1AS, SM6NOC, IK7EZN, BX4AP, DG0WA, F4DJK, F6BEG, PA3DOL, SV6KRW, 4Z5CP, VE1KG, LA6TPA, DL5YA
26th 144MHz Moonrise: for 1 hour only 3 QSOs for 2 initials - JF3MKC, JH4ADK (50w), I2SVA
27th 144MHz EME 17 QSOs for 13 initials and 1 new DXCC:-) - LZ4OC, OE3NFC, DL5OCD, RA6AUK, S56P, YO3DMU, YC2MDU, DJ9MG. Moon at 55deg elev: WA1EAZ, DL3HWA, YL3HA, N8AM, G4URT, W8PAT, UA3TCF, RK3FG, G4EZP.
28th 50-60mph gales and snow - antennas locked down - just a few nice FT8 QSOs incl PA2MDL

In EA8 for the last time as we have now sold our villa in IL39:-(
and 2 new DXCCs  CR2EME LU8ENU
27th 5 144MHz EME initial contacts R7IV SM2A OH2BNH IK6CAK F5DYD
28th 4 144MHz EME initial contacts ES6RQ RA6C RW9ST DG5CST
29th 2 144MHz EME initial contacts UA0ZGX LZ5GM 

12th Gave some points away in the 50Mhz NAC / UKAC - 12 countries 10 ssb, 2 data
13th New 2m EME Inits OH2BC, F6APE, AB4GS. (Total 144MHz EME Initials now stand at 246 and 62DXCC since #1 on 17/9/2016)
14th Spent an early morning hour on 2m FT8 17QSOs 10 countries! Really a shame that all the activity is on FT8 - there are MUCH better modes:0(
20th 3 new 144MHz initials including PJ6E on first call:-)
21st 4 new 144MHz initials
22nd Lots of FT8 144MHz QSOs in 1st MGM contest;-). 50MHz EME ZS6NK from his farm in KG47. 144Hz EME Z66EME Kosovo for new DXCC:-) "Almost" with HS0AC on 144 EME;-) -total 7 new 144MHz EME initials.
23rd 5 new 144MHz EME initials.
27th What a difference a day makes. Two new countries on 144MHz moonbounce at my moonrise - 3B8MB Mauritius and 7P8Z Lesotho:-)

6th  C8T in the log on 144MHz EME for DXCC #67:-)
10th The start of the multihop Es season. Heard UN, EX, EY, AP, A9 ,A7 on FT8. VU reported into France. JA tomorrow?
11th 7X, S01, OD, A4, A7, A9, 9K, UN6, EX, EY and AP plus weak NA here !! Also JAs into S EU – need that path to move nearer the pole – 2-3 days is my guess.
12th WP4G in the log on 144MHz EME for DXCC #68:-) First NA opening of the season from around 12:30z WU1ITU, VE1SKY, KO1DX, WOFK and K0TPP worked all on FT8
13th Evening multi hop Es on 6m : PV8DX and D41CV (5w remote station!)
14th - 18th 50MHz Es every day but only brief multi-hop and no JA into UK yet.
19th 50Mhz Es across EU again. An evening on 144MHz EME yielded 8 new initials
20th A day of mainly single hop 50MHz Es followed by good late afternoon Es opening to NA - East Coast only.
21-23 Es across EU .
24th Es across EU and a good late afternoon opening to NA, mainly Iberia with some southern UK.
27th An FT8 CQ "cold call" at 16:10z to the West yielded YV5LI - sometimes you have to go with the hunch. He then called CQ and worked several EU from EI to S5 peaking at S5 here. I called and called on 110 - nada:-(
28th 29th Brief JA Lots of EU some Carib and NA
30th Big signal from Paulo PV8DX now running 600w from FT2000, VL1000. Still seems to have problems with RX - hope we can help him resolve these as he has a fantastic location and is very keen on 6m.

1st / 2nd No JA-UK. Lots of EU Es and evening Carib. No JA-UK
3rd No JA-UK, but.... Band wide open multi hop across EU and open very early to Carib and NA from 10:45z. An easy CW QSO with Jeff TZ4AM peaking 599 on his new antenna. Dozens of NA QSOs (mainly FT8 out to California, 3 XEs plus TI, CO, HH, HI and all the usual suspects in the Carib. plus YV5, PV8, PZ5. 4X 9K, A6 etc in all day no matter where the beam was. Wow what a day! I gave up at 23:30z with the band still wide open 13hrs + with CO8 solid.

4th Open I / SV to NA at 04:00z - I was not QRV until late afternoon - but another amazing evening to Carib / NA with some nice s9+ SSB chats as well as CW and FT8
5th An early start with loads of JAs on FT8 but very few on CW. Though I was only QRV intermittently it wide open again across EU all day and to NA from lunchtime. In the evening things died down a lot with only East Coast NA.
6th - 7th I was only QRV briefly on these days - but things seemed to have calmed down a lot.
8th - 10th some JA mornings some NA late afternoons and EU all day - but not in large quantities or at spectacular levels.
11th A quieter day in IO70 but things warmed up around 20:00utc with HK4SAN plus YV, PV8, HH, HI3, HI8, PZ and FM i the log - band still open at 23:00utc - bed time!
12th Another great afternoon and evening to the Carib and nice to see Jack OA4TT in on both FT8 and JT65. Amazing what can be heard on an RTL Dongle and a "white stick" vertical: downloads\12june2018 monitor.xlsx  downloads\12june2018 monitor.pdf
13th More of the same.
14th JAs then more of the same. OA4TT in for several hours mainly on JT65. Worked him first call at -11 but he later peaked at around +5. VP5, PZ5 and all the usual Carib 
15th More of the same. I was QRV only briefly but plenty of stuff like this this on my monitor / vertical! 224415 -12 0.1 2422 ~ CQ ZF1EJ EK99
16th A good start with VK8 being worked in SV around 04:30 and Italy 06:00z. Afternoon and evening focus was NA rather than Carib but the usual suspects were also in plus J3/G0VJG on CW and SSB:-)
17th Another big day with focus on NA some nice SSB and CW sigs but of course mainly FT8 even when S9. Prop faded early evening with just PZ remaining by 20:00z only to come back again at 23:00z with 9Y4D booming. 2 new 144MHz EME initials EA1UU and KB7Q in DN44 WY :-)
18th Lots of Carib and Central America incl 2 TG9s. Good long strong NA
19th Again lots of Carib and Central America.  Good long strong NA but no West Coast. Big very high lattitude NA - JA late evening whilst still open NA EU. WORKED JOE TAYLOR K1JT ON FT8:-)
20th VU2NKS in 12:05 - 13:30 peaking -6. G3TXF was his 1st G. Again lots of Carib and Central America.
21st 0600z VK4MA worked DK and SP3. 0800z VK8MS hearing TF3ML over pole! Mid afternoon med to JA. Not much daytime to NA but a very late patch opening to W9 until 22/6 01:00z. East Coast NA working JA over pole.
22nd Widespread EU to JA including some very northern paths. Also 4S7 to OH etc. Only a handful of JAs and BYs this far west around 09:00-10:00z. Strong mid afternoon path Med to JA. Quiet evening but with KP4, KV4 and a few others around 21:00. OH & LA working JA over Pole 23:00 - 23/6 04:00!!!
23rd EU and EA8 from 06:00z No JA but VY2ZM in 08:15z Not QRV for rest of day but looks like another good one to West as PJ4NX was in on my vertical - 7111km - not bad:-).
24th Another great day - but still no JA worked. FT8 opening new paths - but old paths and modes are suffering. SEEMS I WAS HEARD IN KL ALASKA BY KL7HBK OVER THE POLE  AT 1030Z WHILST CQNA
50.315364 FT8 KL7HBK BO49et 20180624 111114 G8BCG England 223 IO70rk NIL 1 -13

25th a much quieter day but still some NA and Carib throughout the afternoon / early evening. Northern EU/GM having the best NA condx.
26th same again - but still no serios JA this far south west - seems to be either north or south of me;-)
Quite a day - who would have though that there would be (at least) 4or more Chinese and 3 Indian VU stations plus 4S7 into Western EU + VK5 being worked in DL. All on Es and mainly on FT8. But still no JA
28th Finally an opening to JA - many callers - but only for 90 secs;-). Worked Said SU1SK on FT8 after a gap of 17 years since our last SSB QSO in 2001
29th Another collection of brief JA openings 12 JAs in the log  - 1 new square:-) Bert S57RR worked VK5BC (and others?). I was not QRV but my vertical was hearing well: (only first period shown - some stations in for a long time) https://tinyurl.com/ybqzplb3 NA still into CT etc at 0145z!!

220745 -12 0.1 2074 ~ CQ DX K2ZD FN21 U.S.A..

220945 -18 0.1 406 ~ CT7AQS K1SIX RR73 U.S.A.

221045 -17 0.1 836 ~ GI4OWA WX1S -19 U.S.A.

221145 -19 0.2 1354 ~ CQ DX N1KWF FN32 U.S.A.

221345 -9 0.2 1055 ~ F1GTU WA1NPZ FN43 U.S.A.

221430 -18 0.1 2159 ~ EA2VE K3WW -11 U.S.A.

221515 -19 0.1 1602 ~ CU3AN AC2PB 73 U.S.A.


30th A relatively quiet day - no JA few NA.

Countries by mode @ 30/6/2018: CW:176  SSB:189 JT65A:84  JT6M:39  FT8:94

1st Not QRV but apparently a very quiet day - no JA few NA.
2nd Not QRV but apparently a very quiet day - no JA some NA out to DM square.
3rd Most prop in either direction seems south of UK
4th On a relatively quiet day Z68M on CW for DXCC#243 Then in the late afternoon Jack OA4TT in for almost 4 hours on FT8 / JT65 plus the "usual suspects" PZ5RA, PV8DX etc but very little else - a very stable focus.
5th A quiet day here but LA/OH to VK3 and EU to W6 kept us alert! Usual Carib inc HH HI VQ5 and briefly HP.
6th Another good day. Big opening to NA stretching to West Coast and XE
7th / 8th I was away at the 40th Anniversary Solomon Islands Independence Celebrations but it seems these were amazing days for east-west Es propagation.
9th A quieter day. Very brief JA and some weak NA
10th Very quiet day but with some weak US in EM / EN around 20:00 - 21:00
11th A quiet day some JA in central EU but only single Es here
12th No JA but a good day with widespread NA / Carib plus Mexico Peru and Brazil
13th NA + Carib and lost my mast head pre-amp - don't know why as it is not in the QRO path:-(
14th 15th 16th Es to west every day.
16th Some 2m EME: 4L/RM8A for DXCC #69, OM4EX for DXCC #70 plus a couple of new initials
17th not QRV
18th Nice afternoon / early evening opening to Carib and out to pacific coast Mexico
19th, lots of Es but most of it missed io70!
20th A quiet day witjh a small early evening opening to Carib and NA
21st WOW! Thailand. E2X in for over 4 hours on CW up to 579 but no QSO:-( However, many Thai stations on FT8 of which I bagged 2: HS3LSE for DXCC#244 and HS5LYK for a reserve;-). Whilst still open to the Far East the band also opened to NA and Carib and stayed that way until I fell asleep at around 2300z! Over 80 NA in the log out to DL square on FT8 plus a good few on CW and SSB - a nice day.

22nd Another great day. HS only briefly here but N EU had a good time. Big, early and long opening to NA faded by early evening but then back in again late evening until 23:30z!
Early and long opening to NA & carib faded by early evening but then back in again late evening
24th - 26th quieter days with light Es and just weak East Coast NA
27th A few mid morning JAs otherwise a relatively quiet day.
th Not qrv (village BBQ) but my vertical at home noticed a great late night opening to NA 20:00 TO 23:46:
VE1JBC 6m FT8 4564 km 23:46:59
CO8LY 6m FT8 6988 km 23:46:44
N4PSK 6m FT8 4188 miles 23:43:14
NK1K 6m FT8 3088 miles 23:39:29
VE1SKY 6m FT8 4466 km 23:38:29
WZ1V 6m FT8 3214 miles 23:38:29
K2UU 6m FT8 3266 miles 23:35:59
K1JT 6m FT8 3341 miles 23:34:59
N1NK 6m FT8 3144 miles 23:34:29
N3RG 6m FT8 3404 miles 23:29:29
KD2E 6m FT8 3334 miles 23:27:29
K2PAL 6m FT8 3303 miles 23:23:29
W1CU 6m FT8 3256 miles 23:22:59
K4AWM 6m FT8 3536 miles 23:22:29
N4WW 6m FT8 4162 miles 23:22:29
W1EQ 6m FT8 3163 miles 23:18:59
KC1GWX 6m FT8 3113 miles 23:18:29
K1KA 6m FT8 3110 miles 23:15:59
W1QK 6m FT8 3248 miles 23:14:59
F6HLC 6m FT8 786 km 23:14:44
NC2V 6m FT8 4136 miles 23:13:59
KO1DX 6m FT8 2933 miles 23:13:59
W1DYJ 6m FT8 3108 miles 23:11:44
K4KEW 6m FT8 4095 miles 23:11:29
N6EE 6m FT8 2823 miles 23:09:29
WB2UJS 6m FT8 3245 miles 23:06:29
N4RJ 6m FT8 4032 miles 23:06:29
N2CG 6m FT8 3296 miles 23:05:00
NJ1H 6m FT8 3113 miles 23:02:29
N2SLO 6m FT8 3261 miles 23:01:00
WA1RF 6m FT8 3091 miles 23:00:29
KB4MRX 6m FT8 4207 miles 22:59:59
AB1QB 6m FT8 3118 miles 22:57:59
N1ZZN 6m FT8 3113 miles 22:57:29
W2QO 6m FT8 3338 miles 22:57:29
K1OA 6m FT8 3102 miles 22:56:59
AC4TO 6m FT8 4187 miles 22:50:59
W1IPL 6m FT8 2980 miles 22:50:29
CM2XN 6m FT8 7200 km 22:49:29
AC2PB 6m FT8 3301 miles 22:47:29
K7BV 6m FT8 3725 miles 22:45:29
HI8LAM 6m FT8 6697 km 22:44:44
HI8DL 6m FT8 6703 km 22:43:14
WB2MJG 6m FT8 3093 miles 22:41:59
K2PLF 6m FT8 3448 miles 22:40:59
N2RJ 6m FT8 3305 miles 22:40:44
W9AC 6m FT8 4141 miles 22:38:59
K1SIX 6m FT8 3117 miles 22:37:29
W1UJ 6m FT8 3156 miles 22:36:29
WA1NPZ 6m FT8 3104 miles 22:35:59
K1RSA 6m FT8 3032 miles 22:35:29
K0KVR 6m FT8 3101 miles 22:35:29
ZF1EJ 6m FT8 7439 km 22:34:29
K1LO 6m FT8 3109 miles 22:34:29
WA4GPM 6m FT8 4101 miles 22:28:59
W4MAY 6m FT8 4199 miles 22:27:59
W2OR 6m FT8 4100 miles 22:27:29
AB1OC 6m FT8 3118 miles 22:25:29
N4CC 6m FT8 4096 miles 22:20:29
WB4LMQ 6m FT8 4181 miles 22:19:59
K1TTT 6m FT8 3189 miles 22:19:30
N2TK 6m FT8 3260 miles 22:19:29
LX1JX 6m FT8 753 km 22:17:14
WA8R 6m FT8 3757 miles 22:14:59
N3XX 6m FT8 4048 miles 22:07:59
WA1EAZ 6m FT8 3116 miles 22:03:29
K8FL 6m FT8 3796 miles 22:01:59
K1ZN 6m FT8 4073 miles 22:01:29
W1JJ 6m FT8 3160 miles 22:00:29
K4SV 6m FT8 3882 miles 22:00:29
W4IMD 6m FT8 4013 miles 22:00:29
AA6YQ 6m FT8 3123 miles 21:58:59
KB8VAO 6m FT8 3564 miles 21:58:29
K4ADR 6m FT8 4248 miles 21:57:59
W5ADD 6m FT8 4445 miles 21:57:29
N0EME 6m FT8 3186 miles 21:57:14
N4FV 6m FT8 3870 miles 21:56:59
W4DAS 6m FT8 4179 miles 21:56:59
KC4QX 6m FT8 4215 miles 21:56:14
EA4TD 6m FT8 1119 km 21:55:44
KX4R 6m FT8 4065 miles 21:55:29
WA5ZFP 6m FT8 4475 miles 21:54:59
K1CP 6m FT8 2947 miles 21:54:29
W2SM 6m FT8 3321 miles 21:48:30
KP4EIT 6m FT8 4022 miles 21:45:14
WA4PGI 6m FT8 3678 miles 21:44:30
WR2K 6m FT8 3821 miles 21:44:14
K4PI 6m FT8 4064 miles 21:42:59
VE9DX 6m FT8 4478 km 21:40:59
WP4G 6m FT8 4002 miles 21:38:29
K4CVL 6m FT8 4263 miles 21:35:29
KK4MA 6m FT8 3904 miles 21:33:59
K5EK 6m FT8 3771 miles 21:30:14
K4SOG 6m FT8 3782 miles 21:28:59
K5VIP 6m FT8 3569 miles 21:28:59
K4BYN 6m FT8 3705 miles 21:27:29
NG4C 6m FT8 3585 miles 21:26:59
K1BZM 6m FT8 3087 miles 21:26:44
W4HHN 6m FT8 3723 miles 21:25:59
N4TL 6m FT8 3701 miles 21:24:59
KA8SYV 6m FT8 3721 miles 21:23:00
N4OYT 6m FT8 3990 miles 21:22:59
W3BTX 6m FT8 3490 miles 21:22:29
K4HB 6m FT8 4025 miles 21:20:59
N2IXX 6m FT8 3903 miles 21:19:59
W8EMD 6m FT8 3689 miles 21:17:59
KU4QG 6m FT8 4196 miles 21:17:14
WP4AZT 6m FT8 4032 miles 21:16:59
WT8V 6m FT8 3711 miles 21:15:00
WA4PGM 6m FT8 3628 miles 21:13:29
K4UX 6m FT8 3549 miles 21:12:44
W4VIC 6m FT8 3556 miles 21:12:29
K1ST 6m FT8 3098 miles 21:12:00
AA6E 6m FT8 3230 miles 21:11:00
K0PT 6m FT8 3893 miles 21:08:59
K4DET 6m FT8 3576 miles 21:08:59
N4HN 6m FT8 3827 miles 21:08:44
K1OR 6m FT8 3106 miles 21:03:59
K4XP 6m FT8 3891 miles 21:02:59
W4BO 6m FT8 3730 miles 20:59:14
KS4S 6m FT8 3774 miles 20:58:44
N4HB 6m FT8 3517 miles 20:56:29
K8QM 6m FT8 3701 miles 20:47:59
KK4CB 6m FT8 3678 miles 20:39:29
W3LL 6m FT8 3459 miles 20:38:59
W3XY 6m FT8 3498 miles 20:38:59
K5ESW 6m FT8 3709 miles 20:37:29
W4SO 6m FT8 4149 miles 20:17:29
K5XI 6m FT8 2823 miles 20:08:29

29th Usual EU Es plus an early evening opening to NA / Carib (W Coast path to CT open as usual)
30th Big NA / Carib all afternoon. 17:25 OA4TT loud JT65 (He worked MM0AMW around 17:00) Jack in all evening until around 21:00z. Heard / Worked YV6IA, 9Y4D and CO8LY in solid for ove an hour - but little other activity.
31st Wide open to NA all afternoon. Died down in the evening,

Countries by mode @ 31/7/2018: CW:177  SSB:190 JT65A:84  JT6M:39  FT8:100

1st Wide open to NA all afternoon. OA4TT in at 15:30. Out of the blue call from XE1XJB in EK09 at 1540. NA continued into the evening with OA4TT in for several hours (worked at 1905)
2nd Wide open to NA until late evening OA4TT + usual Carib suspects in all evening.
3rd A good morning with a few JAs and two new HLs in the log HL3GOB and HL2IFR. Another day of amazing condx to the west which went on until > 00:30z but I chose ZZZZ at around 21:30z.
Amazing times
59 countries last 24 hours;  67 countries last week and that is on my vertical and does not include "real" DX worked on my big array: JA, HL OA etc
4th Woo Hoo KB7Q/p in Wyoming via EME to complete WAS (finally!) http://kb7qgrid.blogspot.com/ . Another solid 12hour plus opening to NA and Carib + OA, YV, HK but little or no NEW activity. Gave up at 23:30z band still wide open.
5th. A few JAs in the morning but a much quieter day and much openings to the West with no S America / Carib.
6th A very quiet day - just some single hop Es araound EU.
7th Even quieter!
8th Back to normal. Solid evening opening to NA plus CO, Hi etc. Band still open to NA at 23:30z!
9th Some NA in the afternoon but fairly quiet - good for EME:-)
10th A quiet day.
11th Another quiet day but with significant MS from the Perseids.
12th Good MS early morning. New 50MHz EME initial #191 with VK3DUT
13th A quiet day on 50Mhz with just MS and a little weak Es. Great EME QSOs with Lance W7GJ on both 50MHz and 144MHz during a shack visit from local hams and members of the Callington Amateur Radio Society
14th Good afternoon opening to NA focused on EL grid. Copied Alain TR8CA in Libreville on 6m EME at his moonset but did not complete.
15th 50MHz EME initial # 192 with Per LA7DFA. Rapid Faraday rotation with HUGE echo signals from the moon up to -2dB loud!
21st TR8CA in from 07:40 for 1 hour or so - VERY early for prop to Gabon!
22nd Widespread 1/2 hop Es across EU all day with some longer stuff incl 4L1 on CW FG8OJ in from 16:00 - 16:30z on an otherwise quiet path.
23rd  Exceptional morning opening to Middle East with YI1SAL extremely loud on FT8 plus A9, 9K, 4X, OD nice to hear some good levels of CW and SSB activity with 9K2MU at 599+++ making many happy on 50.102. An early evening opening to East Coast NA was sharp focussed and short lived.
Never give up!24th Light Es around EU all day with patchy Eat Coast NA from 12:00 - 15:00
25th.- 31st Very quiet days. (26th CME and K=7)

31st  Did I miss the fat lady singing? ;-)

50MHz Stats for the year 2018 so far compared to 2017:
2018 DXCC 117 (2 new) from CW 13 SSB 33 DATA 109 EME 10 TOTAL QSOS 2085
2017 DXCC 102 (5 new) from CW 17 SSB 37 DATA 81 EME 17 TOTAL QSOS 657

1st 6m dead. Focus on 2m CT8/W6PQL on EME for init #289 then give some points in the contest. DR9A solid S9 750km via tropo
2nd 6m dead apart from MS / Iono and a one man September DXCC Challenge on 50.280 / 50.313 :-)
7th OK so 6m is very quiet now. However, this morning I had easy 6m QSOs with ZL3NW and VK3WTN via the moon:-) If you think this is not for you then consider this: Wayne VK3WTN uses a 7ele YU7EF with no elevation and we worked with his moon at around 25deg. Why not give EME a try? (I first heard Rod before my moonrise and completed before the moon reached 0.5deg elevation.)
8th Another nice morning on 50Mhz EME: Joel KG6DX on Guam plus new init #190 Mac JR2NOU in Aichi Pref. Japan
13th S54C on 2m EME for init #290
25th 2m EME TR8CA for DXCC 71 RW3SK for init #292 and UX4IJ for init #293
26th 2m EME PG2M for init #294
29th 50MHz EME Just worked Lance C21GJ in Nauru on his first moonrise and close to my moonset here - happy bunny:-) DXCC #245
On his first MR, in order,
C21GJ Lance worked g8bcg, n3xx, k2ad, w7jw, gm3poi, n7nw, k7cw, n8rr  (More info on W7GJ website)

1st Poor Condx but spend both MR and MS monitoring Lance going great guns from Nauru.
2nd Another good morning on the moon despite poor conditions. Managed ZA5V in Albania on 144MHz DXCC#72  and 50Mhz EME DXCC#81 this morning. (+Bonus 2m contact with Ukraine UY1HY) GL to all still trying for ZA on both bands as conditions improve.
4th EME conditions are very good today - delighted to have just worked Mike K7ULS #193 off the moon - he has a just a single 5el and 1k on 50Mhz Init #196 and Don N1DG for #194. Lance C21GJ was an amazing signal on his moon rise with one sequence at -12dB GL to all.
5th 4 50Mhz EME QSOs all new ones KX4R #195, MM0AMW #196, PA5Y #197 and GM3POI #198
6th 4 50MHz
EME QSOs incl 2 new ones IK3CSB #199, IK3JBP #200 plus 2 144MHz EME QSOs both new OH1JJ and WA7XX
7th 2 new 50MHz EME Initials W6TOD #201 and S51DI #202 [A nice day so put up a 160m half-wave Bazooka dipole - first time on 160 since 1965 (when I was a pirate) - a good evenings work on FT8 and SSB - 30 new DXCCs in the bag:-) ]
28th Chasing 9N7AP on 144MHz EME no luck so far - but 3 new initials in the log.
29th Been chasing VP6D for several days with no luck. This morning - BINGO VP6D 50MHz EME DXCC#246

Poor Condx and nothing much to report on 6m. Spending time on 160m and 80m. - as of 19/11 I am up to 80DXCC on 80m and 65DXCC on 160m from a standing start in late October:-)
18th Spent a moonrise on 144MHz - 7 new initials taking me to 310.
26th Moonrise: New 144MHz EME init with G0GXT. Also "warm up" 50MHz EME QSO with Rod ZL3NW - ready for the main event!
27th 04:48 Worked 5R8UM on 50MHz EME for Init #205 and 6m EME DXCC #82
29th Southern Hemisphere SSSP has kicked in - LU5FF working ZLs on JT65 / FT8:-) Bernie ZS4TX / 7P9Z off to a good start on 50MHz EME
30th 7P8Z for 50MHz EME initial #206 on my MR at 01:05

Some holidays, some bad weather, not much radio - except on 160/80m :-)

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